McCain Hopes New START Can be Ratified This Year

Senator John McCain (R-AZ) “said on Tuesday that he’s hopeful the Senate will ratify the New START treaty by the end of this year,” The Hill reports.

McCain, the top Republican on the Senate Armed Services Committee, said he thought that negotiations between the Obama administration and Sen. Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.) were moving forward such that they could get a vote on the nuclear-arms deal with Russia before the end of December.

"I believe that we could move forward with the START treaty and satisfy Sen. Kyl’s concerns and mine about missile defense and others, and I would hope that we can do that," McCain said Tuesday on ABC’s "Good Morning America."

"I would hope so," he said when asked if negotiations had advanced to the extent that a vote could be held by the end of the year. "But Sen. Kyl’s concerns are very legitimate, and I think that attempts are being made to address them."


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